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“We keep him inside the house,” Rachidou’s mother tells us, “This way people cannot mock him.” When Rachidouo was just three years old, he was helping his mother cook some chicken for their dinner. It was during the month of Ramadan so th… Read more
“We keep him inside the house,” Rachidou’s mother tells us, “This way people cannot mock him.” When Rachidouo was just three years old, he was helping his mother cook some chicken for their dinner. It was during the month of Ramadan so they would be having a feast once the sun set. Rachidou’s mother ran to the corner store in order to buy a few more items. In those few minutes she was gone, Rachidou managed to fall off the chair he was sitting on and into the fire over which they were cooking the chicken. His mother raced back to the sound of his screams, but the entire left sides of his face and torso were badly burned by the time she arrived. Rachidou was taken to the hospital, but there wasn’t much they could do. The fire had melted much of Rachidou’s skin to the point where he has skin connecting his face to his shoulder and his upper arm to his torso. Thankfully, the family was informed about us here at CURE Niger through a nearby family who also had a child treated here. Now that Rachidou is with us, it will still be a long path to healing, but we will take it, step by step, together.
Rachidou was in true form today! We could hardly move an inch without him jumping in front of the camera for his own little photo shoot! Also a heads up, there are several national holidays approaching so updates will be sparse for the next week or so.
The task at hand in art therapy was to make several paper butterflies, but Rachidou does what Rachidou likes. Considering the whole point of art therapy is healthy self expression, we think it's ok even though we have no clue what he was trying to draw!
Rachidou had a chill day today. He was hanging out in our art therapy room, but not taking part in the activities. He was content just to hang out in the air conditioning rather than be outside in the heat!
Give Rachidou a big speaker and an upbeat song and he is set! https://youtu.be/5RA2qf-qhf4
Rachidou gets to start the week off easily with some relaxing and playing with his friends. He also spent a good amount of time sitting in front of a parked car, staring at it while the rest of us played on the swings. He just does his own thing and we love him for it!
So after getting his new burn taken care of last week, Rachidou is going in for another surgery on his old burns! Xrays showed that his hand actually has a few finger bones inside so the doctors are going to free those up which, while he still won't have a normal hand, he will have some grasping function as opposed to just a stub!
Rachidou made it back for his check up and while he is recovering great from his surgery, he returned to us with a new wound. While he was home, some hot tea spilled over his leg, burning him yet again. We treated the still fresh burn and Rachidou will be staying with us for a little bit so we can make sure it heals well!
So Rachidou ended up getting discharged over the weekend, well actually on Friday, but he didn't end up leaving until the weekend. Unfortunately, that little tidbit got lost in translation for us so we didn't get a proper goodbye. Thankfully, he's set to be back here in a month for a check up as he's got a few more surgeries in his future. Please be praying that the healing continues well and that he makes it back for his follow up appointments!
Everyone has a bad day or two. Today is Rachidou's. Nothing is really wrong, he's just not listening to his Mom and being cranky. As a result, he went and got himself the Nigerien version of grounded. Please continue praying for him as the whole healing process isn't always the most fun thing out there.
We were able to sit down with Rachidou and deliver a slew of your get well messages which definitely brought his spirits up while the nurses brought his health back up. He's doing miles better today, running around and getting into trouble like usual!
Our man seems to have two facial expressions- confused and ridiculously happy. Here you can see him transitioning between the two of them as we read him the get wells you've been sending him! Thanks so much for caring about this little guy!
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